Back to top

Zacks Value Investor Highlights: Micron, Macy's, BG Staffing, Weight Watchers and Occidental Petroleum

Read MoreHide Full Article

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL –June 8, 2018 – Zacks Value Investor is a podcast hosted weekly by Zacks Stock Strategist Tracey Ryniec. Every week, Tracey will be joined by guests to discuss the hottest investing topics in stocks, bonds and ETFs and how it impacts your life. To listen to the podcast, click here: (

5 Value Stocks Crushing It in 2018

Welcome to Episode #95 of the Value Investor Podcast.

Every week, Tracey Ryniec, the editor of Zacks Value Investor portfolio service, shares some of her top value investing tips and stock picks.

The NASDAQ has broken out to new all-time highs once again.

That means that the financial media is, once again, dredging up the ghosts of investing past: specifically, the 1999 highs.

There is also a lot of talk about how “desperate” value investors are and that they are throwing in the towel and buying growth stocks.

But there are plenty of value stocks to buy and some have been big winners in 2018. In fact, they’ve outperformed most of the FANG stocks: Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Alphabet and Facebook.

What are these unicorns?

5 Value Stocks Crushing it in 2018

1.       Micron (MU - Free Report) is one of the hottest stocks of the past 18 months. Yes, it’s been on the podcast about 80% of the time. But even though shares are up 36% year-to-date, which beats the year-to-date return of Apple, Alphabet and Facebook, they still trade with a forward P/E of 5. It’s still dirt cheap.

2.       Macy’s (M - Free Report) was featured on a Value Investor podcast earlier in 2018. While shares have soared over 50% in 2018, they are still cheap with a forward P/E of 9.6. The dividend is also still juicy, yielding 4%.

3.       BG Staffing (BGSF - Free Report) is a micro-cap staffing company specializing in IT and accounting placements. It has a forward PE of 13.8. The dividend is huge, at 6.3%. Shares are up over 20% year-to-date as the employment market remains hot.

4.       Weight Watchers (WTW - Free Report) has soared for 18 months. In early 2017, it was trading at 14x. Now, with shares up 80% year-to-date, it’s trading at 27x. But the hottest FANG stock, Netflix, is trading at 125x.

5.       Occidental Petroleum (OXY - Free Report) is expected to see earnings soar 362% in 2018. Given the earnings growth, the shares are attractively valued. It never cut its dividend, even during the dark times. It still yields 3.6%.

All five of these stocks are out performing some, if not most, of the FANG stocks. In spite of Netflix’s incredible 82% gain year-to-date, some of the FANG stocks are seeing average returns, at best.

Alphabet, for instance, is up “just” 6.9% year-to-date.

And Macy’s is getting its revenge on Amazon on Wall Street this year. It is out performing Amazon so far in 2018 with Macy’s up over 50% and Amazon up 42%.

What else should you know about value stocks versus growth stocks in 2018?

Tune into this week’s podcast to find out.

Will You Make a Fortune on the Shift to Electric Cars?

Here's another stock idea to consider. Much like petroleum 150 years ago, lithium power may soon shake the world, creating millionaires and reshaping geo-politics. Soon electric vehicles (EVs) may be cheaper than gas guzzlers. Some are already reaching 265 miles on a single charge.

With battery prices plummeting and charging stations set to multiply, one company stands out as the #1 stock to buy according to Zacks research.

It's not the one you think.

See This Ticker Free >>

Zacks Restaurant Recommendations: In addition to dining at these special places, you can feast on their stock shares. A Zacks Special Report spotlights 5 recent IPOs to watch plus 2 stocks that offer immediate promise in a booming sector. Download it free »

Tracey Ryniec is the Value Stock Strategist for She is also the Editor of the Insider Trader and Value Investor services. You can follow her on twitter at @TraceyRyniec and she also hosts the Zacks Market Edge Podcast on iTunes.

About Zacks is a property of Zacks Investment Research, Inc., which was formed in 1978. The later formation of the Zacks Rank, a proprietary stock picking system; continues to outperform the market by nearly a 3 to 1 margin. The best way to unlock the profitable stock recommendations and market insights of Zacks Investment Research is through our free daily email newsletter; Profit from the Pros.  In short, it's your steady flow of Profitable ideas GUARANTEED to be worth your time!  Click here for your free subscription to Profit from the Pros.

Follow us on Twitter:

Join us on Facebook:

Zacks Investment Research is under common control with affiliated entities (including a broker-dealer and an investment adviser), which may engage in transactions involving the foregoing securities for the clients of such affiliates.

Media Contact

Zacks Investment Research

800-767-3771 ext. 9339

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Inherent in any investment is the potential for loss. This material is being provided for informational purposes only and nothing herein constitutes investment, legal, accounting or tax advice, or a recommendation to buy, sell or hold a security. No recommendation or advice is being given as to whether any investment is suitable for a particular investor. It should not be assumed that any investments in securities, companies, sectors or markets identified and described were or will be profitable. All information is current as of the date of herein and is subject to change without notice. Any views or opinions expressed may not reflect those of the firm as a whole. Zacks Investment Research does not engage in investment banking, market making or asset management activities of any securities. These returns are from hypothetical portfolios consisting of stocks with Zacks Rank = 1 that were rebalanced monthly with zero transaction costs. These are not the returns of actual portfolios of stocks. The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index. Visit for information about the performance numbers displayed in this press release.

More from Zacks Press Releases

You May Like